For over three decades this unique place was home to thousands of abandoned children.

The Noel Orphanage was huge, its buildings sprawled across acres of land. It was like a separate community, private from neighbouring villages, overcrowded with hundreds of children and managed by dozens of staff.

At times numbers peaked over 600 residents so a lot of space was needed. Buildings were added on over the decades to cater for the increasing numbers of children.

“Memories are the architecture of our identity”